Series Editor’s Preface
When it comes to the relationship between Marxism and religion or theology, Roland Boer is the leading expert. With over twenty monographs and hundreds of peer reviewed articles and book chapters, the volume of his scholarly output is only matched by its high quality. With a background in European classics and biblical studies, he not only approaches Marxist texts with the eye for detail of the biblical critic but approaches biblical texts from the perspective of the historical materialist. I am therefore incredibly pleased to have Professor Boer contribute this book to this series “Studies in Critical Research on Religion.” This volume brings together much of his corpus with many of the chapters being a synopsis of earlier works. In addition, Chapters 8, 10, and 14 (on Marxist-Christian Dialogue, Farnham Maynard, and on Religion in North Korea) are previously unpublished; the last is particularly impressive since it helps shed light on a country whose image is distorted by Western news media. Boer’s research on the interconnections between Marxism and religion brings to light that both have a cold and a warm stream and that it is the latter that can illuminate the path toward a more humane future.
Warren S. Goldstein, Ph.D.
Center for Critical Research on Religion